• Roadtrips: Attending WarBirds Con '99 Part 4

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"> <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> <title></title> <style type="text/css"> p.c3 {font-weight: bold} td.c2 {font-weight: bold} div.c1 {text-align: center} </style> </head> <body> <div class="c1"> <h1>Attending WarBirds Con '99</h1> </div> <div class="c1"> <table border="1" align="center"> <tr> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-6l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-6s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-17l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-17s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-15l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-15s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="c2" align="center">SGMT Meets BIONIC</td> <td class="c2" align="center">BIONIC, SGMT, &amp; OZ</td> <td class="c2" align="center">Tricks of the Trade</td> </tr> </table> <p class="c3">I was standing there when it happened. Mike "SGMT" chwenker noticed someone he had never met before and introduced himself. It wasn't until they exchanged callsigns, (SGMT meet Bionic), that they exploded in joy! Alex "Bionic" May is the Executive Officer (XO) of the Spectre Squadron and was attending his second WarBirds convention. Soon a flight captain Glenn "Oz" Frikker joined the gang and the Spectre Squadron started to come together. Ideas and strategies could now visually be expressed, and Mike started by showing his team the advantage a Fresnel Lense gave him over the enemy.</p> <p class="c3">The squadron leader Wes "AMMO" Fields had not arrived yet. Mike explained that Wes is currently a Weapons Specialist in the U.S. Air Force.</p> <p class="c3">The motto on the Spectre teams hats says - "You can run, but you'll only die tired".<br></p> <table border="1" align="center"> <tr> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-18l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p1-18s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p2-9l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p2-9s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> <td><a href="/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p2-33l.jpg"><img src= "/images/roadtrips/warbirds/p2-33s.jpg" alt=""></a><br></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="c2" colspan="3" align="center">Getting Down to Business</td> </tr> </table> <p>Mike "SGMT" Schwenker is a typical WarBirds enthusiast. During the day he is a technical analyst for Delta Airlines B757 fleet of aircraft. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Aviation Technology. In the Maintenance control center at Delta, he reviews the operational capabilities of the aircraft such as parts status, system failures and the need to predict failures. Based in Atlanta now, he grew up in Spruce Creek Fly-in, an aviation community with streets down one side and taxiways down the other. His father wanted to be a fighter pilot but missed the recruitment to fly the F-86 in the Korean war due to a failed hearing test. Mike's dad went on to become a doctor and later purchased a 1944 SNJ5 and painted it like an SBD dive bomber that flew flew from carriers.</p> <p>This is not Mike's only exposure to real aviation however. In the military Mike was crew chief on a HU1 helicopters. Currently Mike is in the process of building a real life simulator at home. Question now is - will it be a Delta 757 or a WarBird? Rumor has it, a WarBird!<br></p> <p><a href="/vbfs/content.php?12432">Previous</a> -4- <a href= "/vbfs/content.php?12434">Next</a></p> </div> </body> </html>

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